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's right. not dead. judging by my twitter feed, many of you are very angry at harry reid tonight for killing the assault weapons ban in the package of legislation that was voted out of the judiciary committee. the judiciary committee's legislation on gun safety includes universal background checks, among other things. an assault weapons ban was also in there. the vote in the committee on the assault weapons ban was straight party line, ten democrats in favor, eight republicans opposed. but unfortunately, the judiciary committee does not reflect the politics of the senate as a whole. the judiciary committee, like some other committees, is a bit more liberal than the full senate. those committees can sometimes pass bills that cannot pass the senate. it is not unusual for the majority leader of the senate, whether he's a republican or a democrat, to slightly rewrite committee past bills before introducing them to the full senate. the majority leaders' rewrites and edits have one guiding principle in mind, attracting the votes needed for passage. committee chairmen have to do exactly
the senate? >> yeah, a bit of breaking news. i'm told reliably that senator harry reid will move a bill starting tonight and it would have background checks in the base component of it, which means it won't be offered as an amendment. in addition to this, harry reid is going to do the assault weapons ban and the second is the ban on high-capacity magazines. you saw weapons ban faces a much more uphill battle than the one of the high capacity magazines but you have to guess at this moment and anything that passes the senate would then have to go over to the house and we're not sure what john boehner would do at this point in time. yesterday he indicated that he doesn't want to expend any new laws. that could trip up all of the reform. >> let me ask you, cynthia, about the politicians and passions about this. they were very hot, 90% for a better set of background checks. in fact, everything comes out with a majority. will it be brought to bear as the senate votes after easter? >> chris, i certainly hope so. i'm so glad that you are advising people to get in contact with their members of c
control. majority leader harry reid says he will move the package of bills when they come back from spring recess next month. it will include back ground checks but not a ban on assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies. and what happened to them. and those six teachers and administrators. >> these are john lien on's blood eyeglasses from the day he was murdered. good to see both of you, good morning. let me read to you from the column in the washington post this morning. we all know what's happening here. senate democrats face a tough battle to hold on to their slim majority. i'd love to hear them explain their cal kragss to the parents of newtown. emily, is harry reid's bill essentially a surrender that's based on the political reality of the vote next year? >> i would actually even challenge even at this point harry reid's cal slags that this is a political reality. the reality is the american public is already there. partic
the democratic leader in the senate, senator harry reid. following two days of angry response from california senator dianne feinstein, she had been very publicly disappointed and angry harry reid was not going move her assault weapons ban to the senate floor as part of the democrats gun reform package. after two days of defiant reaction from senator dianne feinstein and supporters of gun reform and vice president biden made an appearance with mayor michael bloomberg demanding the assault weapons ban gets a vote and neither he or the president will rest until these measures are pursued, tonight, senator harry reid responded saying i will ensure a ban on assault weapons and limits on high capacity magazines receive votes. he also announced he would start the process of moving gun reform legislation to the floor of the senate as of tonight. the exact contours of the bill are still uncertain, including the question of what's going to end up in the base bill and acted on in the form of amendments and when the actual voting will begin given he started the process tonight. the statement from harry
to the democrats first budget resolution since 2009. and senate majority leader, harry reid, has guaranteed that universal background checks will be part of a final gun control package. they'll begin debating that when they return from their easter recess. joining me is "washington post" national political correspondent and my colleague, karen tumelty and john morris. my mentor. harry reid focusing on the positive in some way said that this universal background checks will in the bill. what he didn't say is that high capacity magazines, banning those, and the assault weapons ban will not be, they'll be offered as amendments, what does this say about how much the political climate, if at all has changed as it ties to guns, karen, since what happened in newtown, connecticut late last year. >> well harry reid says he's basically counting the votes here. there are not the 60 votes it would take to overcome a filibuster on the tougher measures, i think also that he is looking at the fact that he has some democratic seats up for re-election in 2014. and in 2014. and in some states that it's going
. >> sreenivasan: it passed both chambers in a rare show of bipartisanship. senate majority leader harry reid: >> the way we used to, and the way we used to do things is fund the government in a timely fashion. we have the opportunity to do that now, we're taking care of the next six months. during this six months the government is functioning because if what we've done here. >> sreenivasan: this came after lawmakers agreed on easing some budget cuts to food inspection services and flexibility for the pentagon on the sequester cuts. those automatic across-the-board spending cuts, agreed to during the last fiscal fights, will be felt more intensely over the next few weeks. finally, the broader issue as congress battles over the budget. today, house republicans approved their budget, which dramatically changes entitlement programs like medicare and makes more spending cuts. the senate began debate today on a very different version of a ten-year spending plan written by democrats. they call for higher taxes to fund government programs. house speaker john boehner remained skeptical. >> the budget
biden came out big time in support of an assault weapons ban. harry reid killed the bill. democrat v. democrat next. a man who served 22 years in prison for the murder of a new york rabbi is released. authorities say that now they know he was innocent all along. we have a special report on. that. >>> and a mysterious death in singapore. officials there say this man committed suicide. but his family here in america in montana is convinced it was murder. ♪ [ female announcer ] from meeting customer needs... to meeting patient needs... ♪ wireless is limitless. [ female announcer ] from finding the best way... ♪ to finding the best catch... ♪ wireless is limitless. with thermacare heatwraps. thermacare works differently. it's the only wrap with patented heat cells that penetrate deep to relax, soothe, and unlock tight muscles. for up to 16 hours of relief, try thermacare. to relax, soothe, and unlock tight muscles. for over 75 years people ...with geico... ohhh...sorry!. director's voice: here we go. from the top. and action for over 75 years people have saved money with gecko so
element will not be in their harry reid package will go before the senate. as a major victory. you have this sense that you will be able to forestall any infringement on the second amendment by this admistration on the democratic party? >> i don't tnk the president barack obama will give up. he talked about that when he visited with us. house republicans last week at the capitol when it came down. in that think that senator reid and senator feinstein are finally realizing and just facing reality that the assault weapons ban that was passed in the 90's did not work. there were still a high percentage of gun crimes. i completely understand why we're having this dialogue because we are all grieving over the shooting in sandy hook, conn. of course, the other shootings around the country. lou: we are not treating as much profoundly as i would have expected haul. we have not heard any discussio about mental health legislation that would go to the issue of gun possession and ownership. we're not grievg nearly as much as i would have expected has seriously and replete breathing are we. >> that
will include universal background checks. this according to harry reid who introduced the bill on the senate floor last night. the top senate democrat is vowing that any bill that passes the senate must include background checks, the most contentious portion of the measure. reid also promised votes on proposed assault weapons ban. the legislation also aims to make gun trafficking a federal crime and strengthen safety measures at schools. >>> and just yesterday, the late beetle john lennon was thrust into the gun debate when his widow drew attention to the cause tweeting a photo of her late husband's blood splattered glasses from the day he was assassinated by a crazed lone gunman. >>> and now here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. republican senator sax by chambliss of georgia was asked if his views on same sex marriage have changed? he replied, i'm not gay, so i'm not going to marry one. well that clears that up. >>> patty davis, the daughter of former president ronald reagan has a novel out about a woman falling in love with her sister-in-law. she denies the s
. this according to harry reid who introduced the bill last night. he's vowing that any bill that passes the senate must include background checks. the most contentious part of the measure. reid promised votes on a proposed assault weapons ban and limits on high capacity magazines. the legislation aims to make gun trafficking a federal crime and strengthen safety measures at schools. yesterday john lennon was thrust into the gun debate. his widow drew attention to the cause tweeting a photo of her late husband's blood-splatterered glasses from the day he was assassinated by a crazed lone gunman. >>> time for a look at weather with bill kairn. tough to believe it's been 33 years. >> what a picture. morbid. >> it's chilling. >> let's talk about the forecast. yesterday we had cold air in place. we had just enough upslope that we had snow. it was a pretty scene. the roads weren't too bad out there. it's still pretty cold. there is a little bit of snow to be found this morning. just like the rest of the northern half of the country it looks like spring is on hold. you can see the flow from the northwest
covered this thoroughly and tore harry reid a new one. it's clear that universal background checks are hitting roadblocks which makes this john boehner comment all the more interesting. >> do you think improving background checks be part of that. >> they should do real background checks on everyone. >> john: you heard him say it. that was on the show "the lead." staffboehner staff clarified that it's not actually done. >> they always let me sorry. >> john: it's my show, frank. >> i'll start with you frank do you think the speaker forgot for a moment that he was supposed to stick to the party line and give the correct and rational answer? >> i think it's great when a republican says something that it has common sense in it, his issue has to immediately issue a retraction. >> john: but all the real bad guys, all of us, the bad guys are asleep at the wheel watching "honey boo boo," and drinking honey honeydew. we're not keeping track of congress. >> they're not representing us and we ignore them. and there is truth to that. >> this reminds me like when you go to a wedding and the man
to move forward? it is significant that it is harry reid. prided himself on the support he received from the nra. he was able to use the support of gun rights groups to defeat in aepublican opponents difficult race. he has been reluctant to support gun control throughout the years. since the newtown shooting, he has been largely silent on the issue. it has been a big question on what harry reid would support on the floor of the senate. the fact he has introduced background checks is significant. has beennne feinstein an advocate on the assault weapons ban and something she has worked on for a long time. thebig was the defeat of assault weapons ban, and take us behind the scenes. it was totally expected. i think ever since the newtown shooting, we knew there was momentum building for gun this hugegislation, popular support around the country for that measure. the band has been questionable, partly because you are taking away the rights of ordinary citizens to own a certain kind of gun that they currently own. would be banned under this legislation. it was just not clear that they would be
or call now for your personal retirement review. >>> step forward or step back. last night, harry reid laid out the details of the gun safety bill that congress will take up when it returns from its two-week easter recess, included universal background checks, not included, an assault weapons ban and a limit on high-capacity magazine clips. though they are likely to receive separate votes as possible amendments. senator chuck schumer hailed it as progress, saying this moves the ball forward on gun safety in the senate. appearing alongside vice president joe biden and new york city mayor, michael bloomberg yesterday, neil heslen whose son was killed in the newtown tragedy. wasn't so sure. >> quite honestly, i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up make a change. and put a ban on these type of weapons. >> despite the omission of the assault weapons, magazine clips from the base bill, biden continued to fight the good fight. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say
. >> a bunch of stories to get to. >>> gun control now. majority leader harry reid made it clear it would include provision that would expand background checks to private sales and he demanded amendments for assault weapons after the measures left out of the final bill but the proposals in the senate may not be enough for vice president joe biden. in a joint appearance with mayor michael bloomberg in new york city yesterday, biden evoked the memories of a newtown shooting and implored lawmakers to ban assault weapons. >> for all of those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all of those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. tell me how it violates anyone's constitutional right to be limited to a clip that holds ten rounds, instead of 30. >> if you actually read the constitution and supreme court decisions, but there is the need to get the 60 votes to get something through the senate. and you're just not, sam, going to get 60 votes on
. >>> a victory of sorts for advocates of stricter gun control laws. senate majority leader harry reid says gun legislation that will be debated next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers. that came after vice president biden's trip to new york city where he called for tougher gun laws after a meeting with parents of children killed in the newtown massacre. we've now learned that one of the children's parents have met with the father of the gunman adam lanza in an effort to bring some closure to the tragedy. >>> the new budget deal just passed by congress last night appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut saturday service to save money should proceed. others say a provision in the bill mandates six-day delivery. >>> faced with a billion dollar deficit, dozens of elementary schools in chicago are being closed. officials claim most of the 54 elementary schools to be shut down are half empty anyway. but opponents say these closures mostly in poor and black areas will further e
weapons all but dead in the senate according to tom democrat harry reid, the vice president said he's not giving up. >> i'm not going to rest nor is the president until we do all of these things, all of these things. >> reporter: he told the family of a teacher killed protecting children in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting that the country needs some political backbone. >> you know, it's time for a political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> reporter: the father of a 6-year-old also killed at newtown said shame on the congress. >> i'm really ashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> reporter: from new york's mayor bloomberg a call for public pressure. >> if you want to make a difference, you've got to pick up the phone, call your congressperson. >> reporter: but what happened was no surprise. conservative democrats in the senate up for re-election risk riling up pro-gun forces in an election year if they vote for the ban. democratic supp
to target the military's aircraft without putting american troops on the ground. >>> harry reid made it clear that the senate's gun control bill will include provisions that would expand background checks to private gun sales. reid plans to bring the bill to the floor next month. he said he is hopeful that a bipartisan compromise can be reached on background checks. reid also called for amendments on banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines after those measures were left out of the final bill. the proposals in the senate may not be enough for joe biden. in an appearance with michael bloomberg yesterday, he invoked the memories of the newtown shooting and implored lawmakers to ban assault weapons. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. tell me how it violates anyone's constitutional right to be limited to a clip that holds ten rounds instead of 30? >> you ha
. >> the nra has bottled to fight the bill that is set forth by senate majority leader harry reid. the nra also filed a federal suit their stake disputing the constitutionality of governor andrew cuomos safe act. the safe act is sweeping gun control bill cuomo signed into law in january. >> we will be right back. [ female announcer ] the one for all. mcdonald's dollar menu, home of the meaty, melty mcdouble you love... and now love two more tastes, the bold hot n spicy mcchicken, and the irresistible new grilled onion cheddar. each just a dollar. and the irresistible new grilled onion cheddar. the words are going this way-there's no way. oh, the lights came on. isn't technology supposed to make life easier? at chase we're pioneering innovations that make banking simple. deposit a check with a photo. pay someone with an email. and bank seamlessly with our award-winning mobile app. take a step forward... and chase what matters. with colgate optic white toothpaste. it whitens over 2 shades more than a leading whitening toothpaste. and try colgate optic white mouthwash. to whiten more than 3 shades
-bye. [laughter] jon: and we begin with brand new stories and breaking news. senate majority leader harry reid getting tough in the gun debate. the controversial bill he is introducing on the senate floor and the fight that lies ahead. >>> also new threats from iran's supreme leader against two major cities as president obama wraps up a three-day visit to the middle east. >>> plus, a man accused of murdering his social lite wife pulls a stunt and gets his trial delayed. we'll tell you about it, it's all "happening now." ♪ jon: well, president obama is on the final day of his trip to israel in the middle east. air force one just landed in jordan where the president is about to meet with king ab abdullah, one of america's closest arab allies. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. uma: and i'm uma. on the agenda today will be the huge influx of refugees into jordan from syria's civil war, and king abdullah has voiced fears islamic terrorists could create a base in his country. meanwhile, president obama spending his last day in israel paying his respects at two memorial
-preservation. in 2014, 20 of them will be up for senator reelection and harry reid wants to get them reelected. the bottom line is that the company hasn't passed the budget. lou: are we going to see resolution? including the remainder of this fiscal year. they did go down the pol roger ryan budget out while back. lou: it was not brought forward by the biden administration. but it was a voting effect in terms of procedure. but let's get to the issue here. what does the future hold for us? we are moving forward for a new fiscal year. >> the senate will pass a budget come in the house will house will pass a budget. they will be miles apart. >> this is basically a political document. the house wanted to force the senate to pass budget. this was part of the deal by extending the debt ceiling. because they wanted to make the democrats vote on a budget. lou: how can so many members of our senate continued to spend whatever and the like they have on these procedural maneuvers. >> that is basically what the senate does. >> there i go. >> constituency to get the house and the senate together. no presi
background check system of all gun sales. >> senate majority leader harry reid express getting support for tougher gun legislation. he has since introduced a bill that would expand the background check system and deal with school safety in gun trafficking. >> the parent of grace mcdonnell one of the sandy hook students killed hopes that will motivate lawmakers. >> i hope that all my heart the all of the senators congressman men and women were in our shoes for one day, one hour and felt the pain that we have with our daughter. maybe it they would take action. >> i am ed payne reporting. >> the the spending bill passed by congress continues the requirement for 6 day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials said the plans to cut saturday service should proceed. last month the post service said it was switched in august to five days service for first-class mail but continues as a package delivery. they argue that they will still have delivered over six days with the difference is that not all mail will be delivered all six days. >> tens of thousands chicago students, parents
changed he remembers he needs to keep the nra happy. >> if harry reid is not a victim of this nra lobby, as some people have argued, mr. graze, the senate majority leader released the statement tonight saying he started the process of bringing a gun violence bill to the floor and he adds, quote, i want to be clear any bill that passes the senate must include background checks. has senator reid gotten the message and perhaps standing up to the nra and other forces lobbying against such sensible legislation? >> sure. i have to say i know senator reid is catching a lot of heat for taking the assault weapons ban out of the bill. i don't place the heat on saturday reid, place the heat on senators who won't vote for assault weapons ban. he's counting votes. while the assault weapons ban is important when the public is ready and demanding change, a background check is probably the most important thing you do to save lives so we're very happy he said what he said. >> daniel, your life has been changed by gun violence. you helped save gabby gifford's life after she was shot two years ago. have y
majority leader harry reid has introduced a bill that would expand background checks and check on gun trafficking. it does not include a specific banning on assault weapons, which is a priority of the obama administering, but he'll allow a ban to the amendment of the bill. however, reid said he will allow debate on the ban as an amendment to the bill. today, vice president joe biden, the administration's point man on getting congress to act, met in new york city with mayor michael bloomberg, himself an outspoken proponent of stricter gun control laws. they were joined by families of the victims of the school massacre in newtown, connecticut. biden pushed against the national rifle association, others who are trying so far successfully to block new laws, including a ban on assault weapons. >> three months ago, a deranged man walked into sandy hook elementary school with a weapon of war. that's what he walked in with, with a weapon of war. and that weapon of war has no place on american streets and taking it off america's streets has no impact on one's constitutional right to own a weap
legislation that the senate debates next month will include expanded federal background checks. harry reid says the measure will also include tougher laws and stiffer sentences for gun trafficking. they are against the expanded background checks. leading it could lead to a federal registry of gun owners. it will not include dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban but it will be offered as an amendment. >>> a gun buy back event planned tomorrow in san jose by the santa coty clara sheriffs department. gun owners who turn in weapons will get up to $200 cash depending on the gun that is turned in. no questions asked. the event is being held at the reid hill airport between 8:00 a.m. and noon. >>> after seven long years and spending more than $400 million a project designed to help protect san mateo county coastal drivers is almost open. on monday people will be gathering at devil's slide celebrating two new tunnels between pacifica and month terra that will let drivers bypass an area known for mud and rock slides. and on tuesday it opens to the public. the first highway tunnel to be build in ca
to happen in the senate after the easter recess. majority leader harry reid announced that he will bring forward a bill that will include broader background checks. his bill will not include the more controversial ban on assault weapons. some democrats are defending his decision to separate that ban from the bill. >> what most gun rights advocates don't realize is that our current laws at the state and national level are swiss cheese. we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. >> joining me now chris murphy. thanks for joining us. if not every other week uyou're hearing all these shootings. i flow you have spent time in newtown. you have met with the families of the victims is this the bill, the response those families deserve? >> i think you are right. we are watching a orji of gun violence. shame on the united states you congress that we remain so disconnected from reality out there. the package that we're talking about which includes universal background checks may not have enough votes to pass the united states senate. we're going to have to work really hard over the next two
. harry reid says the measure will also include tougher laws and stiffer sentences for gun trafficking. they are against the expanded background checks. leading it could lead to a federal registry of gun owners. it will not include dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban but it will be offered as an amendment. >>> a gun buy back event planned tomorrow in san jose by the santa county clara sheriffs department. gun owners who turn in weapons will get up to $200 cash depending on the gun that is turned in. no questions asked. the event is being held at the reid hill airport between 8:00 a.m. and noon. >>> after seven long years and spending more than $400 million a project designed to help protect san mateo county coastal drivers is almost open. on monday people will be gathering at devil's slide celebrating two new tunnels between pacifica and month terra that will let drivers bypass an area known for mud and rock slides. and on tuesday it opens to the public. the first highway tunnel to be build in california in almost 50 years. >> very exciting. >
cowards. and then michael moore was on piers morgan's show, if a gunman killed harry reid's grandchildren in their school, would harry reid have kept the assault weapons from being introduced to congress. go ahead. >> i think one thing you look at yoko and what she put out there and god bless her for doing this and keeping the conversation alive, one thing i will say is where is the picture about mental health? the guy who killed her husband had tried to kill himself a couple of years earlier, had been in a mental institution, his family knew he had problems. how he was able to go out there and yet do this and we didn't have, knowing this guy should not have been able to purchase a weapon, that he should have been on a list, he was able to buy what he wanted to. he actually tried to kill himself. >> the pictures for mental health are newtown and aurora. >> that's my point. so why aren't we talking about one of the biggest issues here, because once it goes political and this whole gun control debate, it is the gun, it is the gun, the consistent theme we keep seeing in these tragedies is a
. going forward, when congress returns from the easter and passover break, harry reid has signaled the first thing that he may well do is bring a gun violence measure to the floor of the united states senate, and it contains a background check provision that has been widely criticized by many republicans. lengthymming note, this discussion of the background check provision with senator tom ."burn sunday on "newsmakers that is what we're looking at ford as we move into a couple of weeks from now when the senate returns. >> neils lesniewski will be our guest on sunday, talking to senator tom coburn. and live look at the senate chamber. heritage action is treating that as leaders attempt to decide the earama roup of vot amendments. what are your budget priorities. the house passed a proposal yesterday. eveninggo well into the and maybe by early saturday morning, and it will be wrapped up. let's go to calls. good afternoon. make sure you meet your television. -- you mute your television. next, bobbie. your sure you mute television. -- the my concern is budget. i feel that social securi
gets back next month after a two-week recess on. gun control, senate majority leader harry reid is demanding any bill passes the senate must include universal background checks. that come after announcing a ban on assault weapons would be stripped from the bill because there's not enough support and it might doom the whole measure. meanwhile, there is plenty of bipartisan support for immigration reform. however, there is still no bill. april ryan is the white house correspondent. and chris is a democratic strategist. good to see both of you. gun control sure to be the most contentious issue. universal gun checks, increased penalty for purchase and grants for school safety. why cannot we get a ban on assault weapons? why cannot we get a ban on high capacity ammunition clips and poll after poll shows the lion's share of folk in this country want that of. >> we are a nation of convicted people. many of us have our beliefs and passions on one side or the other. you have to remember that the nra and also those assault weapons manufacturers are very, very, very strong lobby. that is o
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for the by the senate majority leader harry reid. the nra also filed a federal suit thirsted disputing the constitutionality of the governor andrew cuomo's safe act. the said act is a sweeping gun control bill that cuomo signed into law in january. >> thousands of government workers can expect temporary furloughs over the next six months. the house voted yesterday to keep the government running for the next six months, but left in place $85 billion in spending cuts to the pentagon and domestic programs. the spending authorization is on his way to the white house for president obama signature. >> the new spending bill passed by congress continues the requirement for six they mail delivery. but some lawmake in post officlawmakers and postal officials say that the plan is to cut saturday service that it should proceed. last month the postal service said it was which in august to a 5 day service for first-class mail but they continued the six daypack is delivered. they argue that they will still have to deliver over six days, but the difference is that not all the mail will be delivered on
: earlier this week, senate majority leader harry reid said an assault weapons ban didn't have enough support to pass the senate and would not be part of a larger gun control law. it still may be voted on as >> on day two of his middle east tour, president obama took on the deadlock in the israeli-palestinian peace process. he spent time with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. president obama is calling for direct talks between the two parties and sharing a vision for a peaceful future. two rockets launched from gaza hit southern israel thursday. the same day as president obama's visit to the west bank to talk about the stalled israeli-palestinian peace process. >> we cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. >> reporter: following earlier meetings with israeli leaders, he met with the president of the palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas. to discuss key sticking points in the peace process..including jewish settlements in the west bank. president obama stressed the need to achieve sovereignty for palestinians and
in more than a decade. majority leader harry reid has now confirmed the bill will be debated when lawmakers return from vacation next month. it will call for universal background checks on gun buyers. >>> an emotional scene in a new york courtroom. a man who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit has finally been freed. david ranta convicted in 1990 of killing a local rabbi but a recent review found that police had mishandled evidence as well as coached those witnesses. >>> and we want you to look at this. more than 100 people injured in a massive highway pileup. the crash set in motion during a blizzard in western canada. tractor trailers, a bus, even a truck carrying cattle all tangled up but amazingly, no one was killed. >>> and a major medical headline that will get you to put down that salt shaker. researchers now blame one in every ten deaths in the u.s. on salt. much of it in those processed foods such as bread and cheese remain the top sources in our diet. >>> and talk about march madness. it truly was madness when the 14 ranked harvard crimson stunned num
for gun buyers. harry reid says it will include tougher laws and tougher sentences for gun trafficking. the national rifle association opposes the background check saying this could lead to a federal -- regis tri-of gun owners. >>> that event will be at the reed hill view airport between 8:00 a.m. and noon. >> it is 8:15. u.s. district courts in northern california are taking five furlough days to deal with forced cutbacks. san francisco and san jose will be closed on the first friday of every month from may to september. the court in oakland will be closed the first monday from may to august. it will close on the second monday in september because of the labor day holiday. >>> a berkley couple are among the plaintiffs in this historic case. they claim prop 8, california's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. the couple has been together for 13 years and raised four boys. >> they're adults going to work every day that are in the situation sandy and i are in. they would do better, there would be more permanence. >> same-sex couples said they should be afforded th
how to count. incredible. >>anna: 6:34. to your news headline. senate majority leader harry reid con conceding duet on the democrats -- con seethe defeat on the democrats plan on assault weapons. many lawmakers and gun rights advocates plan to fight those regulations claiming provisions violate their constitutional right to bear arms. >>brian: he spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. this holocaust survivor and rabbi walking out of a prison -- walking out of prison in new york yesterday after a judge overturned his 1990 conviction for a botched robbery. it turns out there was no physical evidence against him. just flawed witness testimony. >> i said in the beginning i have nothing to do with this case. if he's interested, there will be so much paper work as you'd like to read on this case and make your own decision. >>brian: unfortunately prosecutors say justice may never be served. the only other suspect in the case is dead. >>steve: soon drug-sniffing dogs won't be able to smell marijuana due to the recent legalization of recreational pot, many state police dogs
senate for three years never took up a budget. the president's budget was never presented by harry reid. the republicans agreed to the president's budget in the senate so it could be voted on, and the vote was zero for the president's budget two years in a row. to say republicans are not for something -- republicans are presenting a plan of government and the democrats are saying let's leave everything on automatic pilot. what the news media may cover remains to be seen -- >> gentle nudge. if you're looking for ideas from either party, they are readily available in terms of covering it every day. i see each party lay out its vision on each topic. the question of what breaks through is different, but it is there for people who want to dive in and get a greater idea of what the parties want to say. another question. >> in the next general election, the leading democratic candidates will be 70 years and older. is chris christie to heavy to be heavy? -- too heavy to be president? >> age and weight in one question. >> no, i do not think he is too heavy. he is the most popular republican gove
harry reid. families who lost loved ones in the newtown school shooting met in new york with vice president biden together they're calling for more firearm restrictions. >> i ask everybody to stand up and speak out. >> we ask you to try to gain your new perspective by thinking about the unthinkable which is unfortunately our reality. >> opponents of gun control including nra say background checks can easily be side stepped. >> yoko ono adding her voice to the debate. john lennon's wife. she tweeted out a picture of the glasses that he was wearing, there they are, bloodied glasses. this would have been their 44th wedding anniversary. and with those glasses she tweeted out, over 1,057,000 have been killed by guns in the usa since john lennon was shot and killed on december 8, 1980. >> that is a powerful tweet. >> staggering numbers. she also said her and their son, john, after 33 years, still miss john of course. >> we all do. >>> well, we're learning this morning about a near diplomatic disaster during the bush administration. during the united nations conference in new york in 200
? >> harry reid put the gun restriction measure up on the floor yesterday. he took out the assaults weapon's ban, and that will be an amendment. but it had universal background checks in it, and so that's moving forward. they have to get the immigration bill before august. if they don't pass this bill by july all of these guys have to go back to their districts. we know in august what those townhall rallies are like. they have do it before then. >> bill: you are right i have seen legislation on gun safety and immigration there is a lot -- on climate change? >> not so much. i don't think that's a big priority as far as something that is going to happen as assuredly as immigration or a gun-safety bill. >> i think the immigration issue is a really fascinating one because we're starting to see rush limbaugh that lou dobbs were the amnesty that destroyed the immigration debate in 2007. and rand paul has gotten caught up on this issue on amnesty and being attacked by the great rush limbaugh. >> bill: the republicans a lot billed by talk radio that pulled the plug on george bu
leader harry reid introduced a gun bill yesterday that does include expanded background checks. the senate will debate it after a two-week recess. coming up in 20 minutes we're going to speak with stephen barton, a survivor of the aurora movie theater shooting. he's working with the newtown families as part of this mayors against illegal guns. >>> former president nicolas sarkozy under formal investigation this morning for breach of trust charges. sarkozy is accused of taking advantage of france's richest woman to help illegally fund his 2007 presidential campaign. terry arnaud joins us from paris this morning. what's the latest? >> well, it's a bit of a political -- that took us by surprise in paris. it was about 10:00 p.m. local and announced the former president was being put under investigation. what that means is that the three charges he was facing yesterday found sufficient converging and serious clues to choose to go ahead with this formal investigation. the charges, as you've described them, are extremely serious. he's accused of having taken advantage of an ailing old
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